WI hoping to turn corner on poor run

first_imgSHARJAH, UAE (CMC):On the heels of an embarrassing whitewash in the preceding Twenty20 series, West Indies’ three-match one-day international (ODI) series against Pakistan will take on new value when it bowls off here today at 6 a.m. (Jamaica time)The reigning T20 World champions showed little of their usual swagger as they suffered heavy defeats in every game, and with the tour quickly going horribly wrong, it will be left to the ODI side to arrest the slide, especially with the Test series following.West Indies’ batting looked a shadow of the fearsome machine it has become in recent years as it stumbled and stuttered on slow pitches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and against both pace and spin.However, ODI captain Jason Holder said he expected a different approach from his side in the 50-overs format, as batsmen would have the benefit of time on their side to explore the Pakistan attack.MORE TIME”You have more time. It’s 300 balls in one-day cricket, whereas in T20s, there are less balls,” he told reporters here yesterday.Holder is also confident that the West Indies’ fortunes can turn around with the several changes made to the ODI side.He welcomes the experienced quartet of wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin, left-hander Darren Bravo, left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn and Test vice-captain, Kraigg Brathwaite – though the latter is yet to play an ODI.Off-spinner Ashley Nurse, another seasoned campaigner in domestic cricket, has also joined the squad along with talented 19-year-old fast bowler Alzarri Joseph and experienced left-hander Jonathan Carter.The Windies, with the same core of players, were good enough to reach the final of the Tri-Nations Series involving Australia and South Africa back in June in the Caribbean.The last time the two teams met in an ODI, West Indies inflicted a heavy defeat on the Asian side, with a 150-run victory during last year’s Cricket World Cup.However, West Indies have not beaten Pakistan in a bilateral series in 24 years, a disappointing trend which the Caribbean side will be hoping to end.Holder said West Indies were looking at different aspects of their game – especially the death stages of the innings – during planning sessions and were focussed now on executing properly.”We’ve obviously mentioned the death overs in our meetings. If it is one area we need to pay special attention to, it is obviously the death,” Holder noted.last_img read more

Grebo-Krahn and Gola National Parks Open Officially Today

first_imgProtected national forest parks of Liberia, including the (far left) Gola National Park and the (far right) Grebo-Krahn National Park. (Image: MapCruzin.com)The southeast and northwest parts of Liberia are expected to get two new national parks – the Grebo-Krahn and Gola – an outstanding move by the Government of Liberia to protect the biodiversity of that area and promote wildlife tourism.These two new parks brings to three the number of national parks in the country; notable among them is the Sapo National Park.  Liberia’s forest is rich with endemic and endangered species, creating a very high level of conservation concern because, if not protected, government might in the near future lease it to a concession company.This is because the area in which the parks are located are considered hotspot for concession companies, mostly those involved in the oil and logging business.   The two new parks, one of which is the Grebo-Krahn, is situated between Grand Gedeh and River Gee counties. The Gola Park is largely in Gbarpolu County. Both parks were created by an Act of the 53rd Legislature in September, 2016, and August, 2017.The Forestry Development Authority (FDA) in a press statement said: “The two new national parks cover nearly 200,000 hectares of high biodiversity areas as evidence of Liberia’s commitment in becoming a compliant nation in the sub-region consistent with international expectations.“Liberia is supported by a number of collaborating partners that operate in the southeast and northwest of the country to assist the government deliver on its commitment for sustainable forest management, biodiversity conservation efforts, and livelihood improvement for forest dependent communities,” the released said.The opening of the two parks, which was held by conservationists, aims to expand national network of protected areas and biodiversity hotspots in the southeast and northwest, a move which will encourage sustainable forestry management.The two parks, according to the release, are part of the country’s proud natural heritage, which makes her the most forested country in the sub-region.The establishment of the two national parks demonstrates the country’s commitment to biodiversity conservation and is consistent with the National Forestry Reform Law (2006) as well as international best practices and protocols.The FDA release describes the proclamation of the parks as a milestone in the history of the Liberian forest sector, which it believes sets a firm foundation for the sustained management of the country’s forests.“The FDA management shares the dream of enhancing biodiversity conservation as it believes this is the most sustainable way of ensuring a better future for generations to come and protecting the livelihoods of people living in forested regions.“The creation of these parks is consistent with FDA’s mandate to establish a “Protected Areas Network,” together with conservation corridors, and incorporate existing national forests to cover at least 30 percent of the existing forested areas. FDA therefore pledges to work in concert with all partners, to ensure that the torch of their dream keeps burning,” the release added.According to the release, President George Weah will officially launch the two new national parks today. This occasion follows those at the regional level in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, as well as in Gbarpolu County on April 14 and 18 respectively.Meanwhile, the opening of the park might do very little to boost wildlife tourism in Liberia. According to tourism experts, this is because of the lack of quality tourism infrastructure at these parks, poor roads network and Internet connectivity are just few factors that would hamper the parks’ tourism potentials.“You cannot promote wildlife tourism at these new parks, despite been rich in flora and fauna because the area are under-developed and suffers from lack of basic infrastructure as well as accommodation facilities.  These things are huge factors that will discourage tourists from readily visiting the parks,” a tourism worker at the Ministry of information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, who begged not to be named, said.The FDA management therefore expresses gratitude to the government, collaborating partners, the Liberia Forestry Sector Project (LFSP)/World Bank, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), German Agency of Technical Cooperation (GIZ), German Development Bank (KFW), European Union (EU), Society for the Conservation of Nature (SCNL), and Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF) as well as concerned communities whose efforts have resulted in the fruitful finalization of these areas as national parks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Red Dragon holding weekend garage sale

first_imgThe Red Dragon Taekwondo School is helping to raise money for its students.This Saturday and Sunday, Red Dragon will be holding a garage sale at the school, located at 9820 110 Ave.- Advertisement -Saturday, the garage sale will take place from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday.For more information on the garage sale or the Red Dragon Taekwondo School, please call 250-785-2736.last_img

Crebbin, SBVC approach women’s playoffs

first_imgSue Crebbin has always focused on the positive. So she wasn’t worried about heading up a San Bernardino Valley College women’s basketball program that lacked resources, had a losing tradition recently and was centered in an ethnically diverse community. That optimistic approach has paid off with the Wolverines making the state playoffs, which begin this week. SBVC (19-9), winner of eight straight games, opens Friday at No. 3 seed Orange Coast (28-3). That momentum carried over. This season, Crebbin had a solid nucleus back that included forwards Rocky Miller-Malloy (San Bernardino HS) and Ja’Nae Westmoreland (Rialto HS), and guards Zulema Barajas (Alta Loma HS) and Frankie Bench. Another factor was adding Julia Smith as an assistant coach. Smith, who played point guard at both Washington and UNLV, spent last season assisting at Riverside Community College. Recruiting was a key but luck also helped. Freshman point guard Jasmine Marshall (Arroyo Valley HS) had enrolled as a student but hadn’t planned on playing. “She saw me at school and said she remembered seeing me play,” Marshall said. “She said I could really help the team.” Forward Simeone Baker (Twentynine Palms HS) had attended Long Beach State, focusing on her studies. She missed competing in sports (she also plays volleyball) and opted for SBVC because good friend Liz Luke was the top player on the Wolverines volleyball team. The players could tell from the start that this season would be different. “You could tell how hard the sophomores wanted it,” Marshall said. “They were working hard and pushing us to work hard.” Westmoreland, Miller-Malloy, Marshall and Baker are joined in the starting lineup by freshman guard Shy Walter (Perris HS). Ronisha Edwards (La Sierra HS), La’Quita Jordan (Riverside North HS), Sylvia Roland (Rialto HS) and Te’Quila Hodge (Rialto HS) have been the key reserves. All acknowledge they will be the underdog the next time they take the court, but making the playoffs is a step in the right direction. “We have come such a long way. We can go out there and surprise people,” said Westmoreland, also a standout on the track team. “We helped build something and there are so many good freshmen on this team they’re going to be good next year too.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Yuba was quite a bit like it is here so I wasn’t afraid of the challenge,” she said. “I knew about the success they had in other sports so I knew it could be done.” She sited the school’s commitment to hire a full-time women’s coach, the first since Marie Hollis who headed the program from 1978-1982. She also thought the Inland Empire had a lot to offer at the high school level. There weren’t a lot of coaching jobs open so the decision to relocate was not hard. The biggest obstacle was landing the job so late there was no chance to recruit. And she had just two returning players, neither of whom would have started if the cupboard weren’t bare. “I started going to gyms, meeting the high schools coaches, shaking a lot hands,” she recalled. “The coaches were excited someone was showing an interest.” Her first year was difficult. The Wolverines had just eight players, with injuries adding to the woes. The result was a 4-23 record. But Crebbin still saw the upside, back-to-back wins to end the season, one of them over reigning state champion Antelope Valley. center_img It’s major accomplishment for a program that had won just six games the previous two years combined. Crebbin, 36, arrived in June of 2005 from Northern California. She was head coach at Yuba College, about 45 miles north of Sacramento, then served as an assistant at American River while working on her master’s degree from Sacramento State. last_img read more

Volunteer search for missing teenager starts this weekend

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The family of a missing 15-year-old boy will be searching the last place he was seen to hopefully uncover more information about his disappearance.Denny Poole of Dawson Creek was last seen on March 12, near the Kiskatinaw Bridge. He was with a friend trying to walk to Fort St. John, but he and the friend reportedly separated during the trek.“Since his last sighting, nobody has seen anything of him,” said Sharla Bruun, a family friend.- Advertisement -“There’s been no new evidence of where he’s gone. Nothing. It’s just like he was here, and he’s gone.”On Saturday, volunteers who want to help look will be meeting at 11 a.m. on the north side of the Kiskatinaw Bridge.Bruun says the RCMP is aware the search is happening, and if any information is found, it will be filed away with Mounties to be added to the case.Advertisement To prepare for the search, they are accepting donations for water and food to keep the teams going on the search, which can be dropped off at Aboriginal Family Services in Dawson Creek — at 1405 102 Avenue. They are also asking if anyone with an occupational first aid level 3 license is willing to donate their time.Volunteers are urged to layer up and must wear good, closed-toe footwear. The search is expected to conclude around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.last_img read more

Province provides $3 million in funding to students for new trades equipment

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Province has provided $3 million in funding to students in Northern B.C. for the purchase of new trades equipment.According to the Government, new trades equipment will help set up students with the skills they need for rewarding careers.19 schools across B.C., including Northern Lights College, have each received $160,000 to buy up-to-date equipment for trades and technology programs.- Advertisement -Northern Lights College President, Bryn Kulmatycki, says providing state-of-the-art equipment ensures that students have the proper tools in order to succeed in trades.“Northern Lights College’s trades and apprenticeship programs help students build the skills to become the highly trained workers industry needs. State-of-the-art equipment ensures we’re giving our students the tools to succeed and take advantage of an incredible amount of opportunity in the North.”The $3 million in equipment builds on the $5.4 million that was provided to 15 post-secondary institutions for trades and technology equipment in 2017.Advertisementlast_img read more

Pellegrini: Man City star sent a message to critics with match-winning display

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini felt Yaya Toure had delivered an important message after firing the champions to victory over Swansea.Toure powered forward in typical fashion to drive home City’s winner as they came from behind to win 2-1 in a tight Premier League tussle at the Etihad Stadium.Toure, City’s midfield driving force last season, has been below par for much of the current campaign but his latest performance, particularly in the second half, hinted at a return to form.His influential performance secured a crucial victory as City prevented leaders Chelsea from extending their eight-point advantage over them.Pellegrini said: “I think it is important for Yaya.“He played for his national squad on Wednesday, so he played two games in a week, and maybe he was tired – but he had the personality and the character to try to continue playing until the end. I think he played very well.“But we cannot analyse all [the time] with Yaya if he scores or doesn’t. It is impossible for Yaya to score again the amount of goals he scored last season. That was not normal. He is not a striker, he is a midfielder.“But it is important for him to score the way he did today, and it is important for him to play well. I think Yaya is improving with every game.”City fell behind as Toure’s Ivory Coast international team-mate Wilfried Bony struck after just nine minutes for Swansea.Stevan Jovetic equalised ten minutes later and drove a shot against the post, via a fingertip save from Lukasz Fabianski, as City upped the tempo.Pressure paid off as Toure netted just after the hour but Swansea almost snatched a late equaliser as Bafetimbi Gomis stabbed wide and a deflected Jonjo Shelvey free-kick went close to creeping in.The win also provided a timely morale boost ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.Pellegrini said: “I think we played very well today.“We started 1-0 behind but we had the trust to continue playing.“We had a lot of chances to score and finally we won this game against a very good team that played very well.“It is very important for the Premier League. We have to add more points and, after that, for the team it is always better to arrive in the Champions league, against as difficult a team as Bayern Munich, winning and not losing.” 1 Man City players celebrate with Yaya Toure following his match-winning goal against Swansea with his Man City last_img read more

Castaic fire 10 percent contained

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – A 41,000-acre wildfire near Castaic that destroyed seven structures and 14 boats in a storage area was about 10 percent contained today, a county fire official said. The so-called Ranch Fire is expected to be contained, or fully surrounded, by Oct. 31 — a week from tomorrow, a county fire officials said at a morning briefing in Santa Clarita. The fire, which started about 9:45 p.m. Saturday about 8 miles northwest of Castaic near Townsend Peak, was burning in sparsely populated area. More than 750 firefighters are assigned to the blaze. Three homes and four outbuildings have been destroyed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.last_img read more

DAIL DEBATE: MINISTER NOONAN’S SPEECH TO TDs ON EURO-BANK DEAL

first_imgIN his speech to the Dail, Finance Minister Michael Noonan explained why he is winding up IRBC – Anglo Irish Bank.This is what he told the Dail in the late night debate:A Cheann Comhairle, I move this Bill to be read a second time. I would like to thank you all for your attendance at such short notice.As I have consistently informed this House, the Government has been in ongoing discussions with the European Central Bank to reach an agreed position on resolving the Promissory Note satisfactorily for all sides; the Irish State, the European Central Bank and the Eurozone.As many Deputies will have noted from this evening’s media commentary, the ECB is considering a proposal from the Government as part of these ongoing discussions. In the discussions with the ECB it was envisaged that the first step would be the liquidation of IBRC and the sale of its remaining assets to NAMA or other market purchasers.As soon as the information relating to the proposal to liquidate IBRC was made public, there was an immediate risk to the bank. Given this position, I as Minister for Finance, took immediate action to secure the stability of the Bank and the value of its assets, valued at €12 billion, on behalf of the State. To this end, I vested the powers of the Board temporarily in an employee of KPMG and a KPMG team is now in control of the Bank on my behalf.The Government has met in the last hour and approved this proposed legislation for presentation to the Oireachtas. What will happen to IBRC?Once the legislation is passed joint Special Liquidators will be appointed to IBRC with immediate effect to wind up its business and operations.It is intended that the net debt owed by IBRC to the Central Bank and its associated floating charge security will be purchased by NAMA, using NAMA bonds, in a way that ensures that there is no capital loss for the Central Bank.The Ministerial Guarantee underpinning the net debt owed to the Central Bank will also be transferred to NAMA. Eligible depositors, bondholders and counterparties will be repaid under the Deposit Guarantee Scheme and Eligible Liabilities Guarantee Scheme. There is also a Derivatives Guarantee in place. As is common in liquidations, all employment contracts in IBRC are immediately terminated, but the Special Liquidators have indicated that the majority of staff are likely to be re-hired to assist in the liquidation on such terms and for such duration as the Special Liquidators may designate.As indicated, the IBRC debt to the Central Bank, which is intended to be purchased by NAMA, is secured by a floating charge over the assets of IBRC and a Ministerial Guarantee.Following an independent valuation process, the Special Liquidators will sell the assets of IBRC (which are subject to the floating charge) to third parties at or above their independent valuation and failing that, the Special Liquidators will sell the assets to NAMA at their valuation price.The proceeds of these sales will be used to repay creditors in accordance with normal Companies Acts priorities, so that preferred creditors, including employees would be paid first, and then the IBRC debt to NAMA would be paid under the floating charge. To the extent that there are proceeds available after repayment in full of the NAMA debt, these proceeds will be applied to remaining unsecured creditors who have not been paid under the guarantee schemes (which, for clarity, do not include the Deposit Guarantee Scheme). These remaining unsecured creditors will include the Minister to the extent that he has paid out under guarantee schemes. Similarly, if the proceeds are not sufficient to pay IBRC’s debt to NAMA, the shortfall to NAMA will be met by the existing Ministerial guarantee.The remaining subsidiaries will be wound up or sold by the Special Liquidators to optimise value, and once all of its obligations are resolved, IBRC will cease to exist. Main Provisions of the Bill I will now go through the sections of the proposed Bill. Section 3 sets out the purposes of the Act.Section 4 provides that the Minister will make a Special Liquidation Order in respect of IBRC.Section 5 provides, among other things, for the publication of the Special Liquidation Order.Section 6 provides, amongst other matters: (i) for an immediate stay on all proceedings against IBRC, (ii) that no further actions or proceedings can be issued against IBRC without the consent of the High Court, (iii) that no action or proceedings for the winding up of Red, or the appointment of a liquidator or an examiner can be taken, issued, continued or commenced, (iv) for the removal of any liquidator or examiner appointed prior to the Order, and (v) that the order constitutes notice of termination of employment for each employee with immediate effect.Section 7 provides for the appointment of the Special Liquidators.Section 8 limits the power to grant injunctive relief in certain proceedings.Section 9 provides that the Minister will issue instructions and may issue directions to the Special Liquidators and requires the Special Liquidators to comply with such instructions and directions.Sections 10&11 deal with the application of certain sections of the Companies Acts and Central Bank and Credit Institutions (Resolution) Act 2011 in the context of the winding up.Section 12 provides for the sale or transfer of assets and liabilities in IBRC.Section 13 provides that the Minister may give directions in writing to NAMA in relation to: (i) the acquisition by NAMA of the debt of IBRC to the Central Bank; and (ii) in relation to the purchase of assets of IBRC from the Special Liquidators.Section 14 provides that the Minister shall direct the Special Liquidators in respect of the independent valuation of the assets of IBRC prior to sale;Section 17 provides that the Minister may issue securities.Customer ImpactThe decision to liquidate IBRC is unique to IBRC and does not affect other banks. In the case of IBRC, the vast majority of IBRC’s deposit accounts moved to AIB and Permanent TSB last year and they are unaffected by today’s announcement.Deposit accounts that were retained in IBRC are generally associated with a wider ongoing relationship with the bank. It is important to state that all eligible deposits up to €100,000 for an individual and €200,000 for two individuals holding a joint account in IBRC are protected by the Deposit Guarantee Scheme in operation in the State and eligible deposits beyond this limit are guaranteed under the Eligible Liabilities Guarantee Scheme.It is critically important that deposit account holders, mortgage account holders, and those indebted to IBRC understand that their situation following the liquidation should generally remain unchanged. If deposit account holders have any concerns they should make contact with the operators of the relevant schemes. Contact numbers are available on the Department of Finance website.Staff ImpactsI wish to emphasise that the reason these steps are being taken is entirely distinct from the performance or direction of the Board or management of IBRC. It is simply compelling in the larger public interest to now take this action and the Government has made its decision on that basis alone.I want to acknowledge, with much appreciation, the significant efforts the directors and staff of IBRC have made to the stabilisation of, and maintenance of value in, IBRC.I regret the abruptness of how this decision is communicated to the management and staff, but due to the scale, sensitivity and complexity of the economic issues involved, it was necessary in the public interest to keep the matter confidential until now.Unfortunately, as is common in liquidations, all employee contracts will be terminated on the winding-up of IBRC. However, it has been indicated to me that the majority of staff will, if they wish, be re-hired for the purposes of the orderly liquidation on such terms and for such duration as may be determined by the Special Liquidators.Employees will rank, in the normal way, as preferential creditors ahead of NAMA and unsecured creditors in respect of certain amounts owing on a winding-up, including accrued wages, salaries, holiday pay, sick pay, statutory redundancy, pensions contributions and claims for damages arising from accidents.I understand that this announcement will come as quite a shock to employees of IBRC and to some of those who do business with the bank and the Special Liquidators will be instructed to handle that as well as possible in the circumstances.ConclusionI would have preferred to be introducing this Bill in tandem with a finalised agreement with the European Central Bank. However, I understand that the European Central Bank will continue to consider the proposals made by the Irish Government tomorrow.I commend this bill to the HouseDAIL DEBATE: MINISTER NOONAN’S SPEECH TO TDs ON EURO-BANK DEAL was last modified: February 7th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DAIL DEBATE: MINISTER NOONAN’S SPEECH TO TDs ON EURO-BANK DEALlast_img read more

BRRRRR! POLAR AIR SET TO RETURN WITH ICE, SLEET AND SNOW FORECAST

first_imgPOLAR AIR TO MAKE A RETURN FOR NEXT WEEKEND WITH ICE, SLEET, SNOW AND FREEZING TEMPERATURES 14/1/12 12:30AMREPORT: KENNETH McDONAGH, DONEGAL FACEBOOK WEATHER CHANNELFor next week Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday will be mild with much colder, wetter, breezier weather returning on Thursday evening and there is a risk of wintry precipitation, especially on high ground, and widespread sharp ground frost or icy patches developing overnight. For next weekend winds will turn and come from the north bringing colder polar air with over night sharp frost and at the moment it looks like sleet and snow for higher and lower ground.I will keep a good watch and will know for sure by the start of next week how bad things will get.There will be frost overnight on Saturday and Sunday this weekend but the mild air will return early next week with temperatures predicted to rise to 12C by midweek before the polar air kicks in.Kenneth McDonagh Donegal Weather ChannelLEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comBRRRRR! POLAR AIR SET TO RETURN WITH ICE, SLEET AND SNOW FORECAST was last modified: January 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal weatherdonegal weather channelsnow sleet ice frostlast_img read more